Category Archives: Health Informatics & Biosciences

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Position Summary The postdoctoral research associate will have the responsibility to advance a number of research projects, working in close collaboration with RENCI investigators. The individual is expected to have skills and experience in Genetics, Biomedical Health Sciences, and/or Data Science and is expected to contribute to the development and execution of research projects in these areas. […]

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Alex Tropsha

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QDACT

Overview Palliative care –  the area of healthcare that focuses on relieving and preventing the suffering of patients – has often been synonymous with hospice care and thus limited only to patients nearing the end of life. However, palliative medicine has been shown to be beneficial for patients in all disease stages, including those undergoing treatment for […]

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NC TraCS

Overview The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill is one of 60 medical research institutions working together as a national consortium to improve the way biomedical research is conducted across the country. The consortium, funded through the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA), shares a common vision to […]

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Evidence-Based Medicine

The growth of systems that capture and store electronic medical records is creating greater opportunity for historical data to inform the decision-making processes of physicians. This field of research is known as evidence-based medicine. RENCI is involved with several different knowledge-based medical research projects in efforts led by Senior Research Scientist Ketan Mane.

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Informatics for Genetic Sequencing

Overview Technological advances have given researchers and clinicians access to an enormous amount of information about the human genome. Studying the genomes of individuals and populations can help us better understand human health and disease, evaluate factors that modify risk for disease, inform diagnoses, help predict response to treatments, and identify new drug targets. Given […]

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Secure Research Space: Security for a world of distributed data

Overview The Carolina Data Warehouse for Health (CDW-H) houses clinical health records for all UNC Hospitals patients. These records are a valuable source of data for researchers. In addition to enabling access for legitimate healthcare and research purposes, the CDW-H must protect against loss of these records to ensure patient privacy and security. RENCI’s Role […]

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Public Health 2.0

Overview Public health organizations focus on improving health through prevention, management and treatment of diseases. For this reason, health agencies and researchers collect population health data from the census block level to the county level. Such data is analyzed to compute vital statistics that help public health officials understand the trends related to diseases within […]

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Improving Health and Economies

Overview It is well known that health, nutrition, and economics have a complex relationship and that improving health in North Carolina and beyond will require a better understanding of these complexities. Alice Ammerman, director of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, UNC School of Public Health, recently received a Gillings Award to lead […]

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NC Collaboratory for Bioinformatics

Overview The Renaissance Computing Institute and the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill collaborated on the North Carolina Collaboratory for Bioinformatics (NCCBI), part of UNC Chapel Hill’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), funded by the National Institutes of Health. Nationwide, 14 CTSA awards created a network […]

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